Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014!

 

A very happy, peaceful and healthy new year to all my friends, fans and foodies!

May 2014 be full of interesting new culinary adventures, new experiences in food, drink, travel and the good life and much more!

Please check the website regularly for new recipes, foodie news, where to eat and drink, travel, read, go to the movies and theatres.

Watch this space and bon appetit!

 

Ida

Holiday reading

Holiday reading

Whether you are taking a break from preparing for the festive season, relaxing at your holiday house or travelling to some exotic destination, holidays are for reading and here are some books that will fit the bill.

All prices in Australian dollars.

Recipes for a good time by Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz.

Murdoch Books. RRP$59.99.

This makes a stunning gift at any time.

Christmas 2013

 

Christmas 2013

 

Gift ideas this Christmas

 

In the midst of all your shopping, cooking and feasting, wherever you are in the world, please spare a thought for those less fortunate and do your bit so they can also enjoy some Christmas cheer.

 

Why not start by donating to those suffering the effects of the devastating typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines?

Donate via Oxfam, The Red Cross and most banks.

 

Best chicken curry recipe

Chinese New Year when I was a child always meant chicken curry, cooked only by my Dad.

Dad had some friends who lived in a Malay kampung (village) and who reared chickens.

Every Chinese New Year’s Eve, his friends would visit our house with a couple of live chickens and for their trouble Dad rewarded them with a fat ang pow (red envelope of money for good luck).

Join Ida at the CAE (Melbourne), Thursday 14 November

Take a wok on the wild side with Ida as she shows you how to care for and fully utilise your Wok, while showcasing some fabulous dishes and various cooking techniques, including stir fry, steaming and boiling. Ida creates stir fried beef and snow peas, deep fried prawn fritters with wasabi sauce, chicken curry (using wok to boil), steamed fish Chinese style and vegetarian fried rice with tempeh.

Course details: http://www.cae.edu.au/web/?course=DHY647

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013

For the first time since its inauguration the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013 winners were announced tonight in Melbourne.

On August 12, 2013, at an awards celebration held at Hilton on the Park, food industry professionals and food lovers joined in to recognise and celebrate young talent and the future of the industry.

Established in 2005, the awards attract the highest profile members of the food industry each year.

Movie Review: Cloudburst

Movie review: Cloudburst

Cloudburst is a wonderful movie, starring Academy award winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker and directed by Thom Fitzgerald.

The movie is a touching romantic comedy that deals with some of life's biggest issues.

Stella and Dot are lovers who have been together for 31 years and looked after each other through life's ups and downs.

Now in their seventies and forced to make a brave decision when Dot's granddaughter Molly intervenes in their lives, the pair hit the road and become outlaws on the run.

Christmas in July: a Tefal promotion at Bistro Guillaume

Christmas in July

A Tefal promotion at Bistro Guillaume

It was a great start to the week when the media, foodies and bloggers were invited by Tefal Australia to learn how to cook from its ambassador, award-winning French chef Guillaume Brahimi of Bistro Guillaume at Crown.

Not to mention enjoying a sumptuous early lunch with le chef in the bistro's private dining room, no less!

The event was the launch of Tefal's Heritage roasting tray, the newest piece added to its remium collection.

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